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Climbing commute time?

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brian n · · Manchester, WA · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 91

I'm curious to know what others see as an acceptable regular travel time to go climbing. Gym or crag? If you are talking about your crag, also mention the approach time.

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 348

1 hr to plastic
3 hr to rock

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

I used to day trip it from Seattle to Leavenworth all the time, and I have even day tripped Seattle to Squamish. Acceptable depends on you Psych for a place.

s.price · · PS,CO · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 1,348

I don't know about acceptable but here is mine.

20 minutes to Piedra Canyon trailhead if I'm not in a hurry. Another 20 to the first climbs. If I'm not in a hurry.

45 minutes to a limestone crag that I am developing. 5 minute approach.

15 minutes on the mountain bike and a 10 minute hike get me down to a secret stash of boulders. I value my alone time.

Our little slice of paradise is surrounded by NF. Makes for an interesting commute with a heavy winter and means maintaining 3 miles of NF/county road through the winter but it's worth it. Lots of time in the skidsteer this year.

I'll climb within a 12 hour round trip for the weekend. 6 hours from here opens up a big world of climbing.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

20 minutes to the local crag.

Long Ranger · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 75

20 minute run/10 minute bike to the gym
20 minute bike to the Flatirons
45 minute bike to Eldo
3 hour bike to Longs Peak
2 day bike to Shelf

Greg D · · Here · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 871

As a general rule,

Climbers that are trying to minimize their impact or active environmentalists tend to go to local crags mostly via walk, bike are carpool.

Climbers that are environmental activists or oppose local gas and oil exploration drive many hours to climb.

Buddin · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 5

It depends on if I'm walking or riding my bike but never more then 25 minutes. Unless tioga is open. then 1 hour is acceptable.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

25 minutes to gym/work

7 minutes to the closest climbing for me, about 20 minutes to everything else.

All things being equal, I prefer a longer work commute to be closer to climbing.

Eli · · GMC3500 · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 2,788

For weekend trips the general rule is 1 hour of driving per pitch climbed.
It is a generous rule.

Alexander K · · The road · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 130

It depends, back living in NC the closest rock was almost 2 hrs away and the farthest I'd drive for a weekend was 3-4 (never made it to Tennessee and RRG). Now I live in Boulder and the closest rock is a 3 mile run from my house, yet I often find myself driving 6 hrs to Wyoming or Utah. Makes you think...

brian n · · Manchester, WA · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 91
Alexander K wrote:yet I often find myself driving 6 hrs to Wyoming or Utah. Makes you think...
That makes me think that the grass is always greener on the other side.
Dana Walters 1 · · Spokane, Washington · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 45

15 minutes, walking or driving to plastic. 30 minute drive to rock. non negotiable

Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 130

gym: 10 min walk
good gym: 30 min subway ride
boulders: 20 min walk
good rock: 1 - 1.5 hour drive

brian n wrote: That makes me think that the grass is always greener on the other side.
Grass is definitely legal on that side.
Brian in SLC · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Oct 2003 · Points: 14,449

2-3 minutes from work to the gym.

10 minutes to rock.

You just can't beat Boulder Colorado. Please tell your friends.

(Ha ha).

DaveBaker · · Durham, NC · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 88

Right now I have 3 minutes to gym.

For rock, unlike the above my day trip rule is one pitch per hour of drive time. Two hours, each way, means four pitch minimum.

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,475

It's 20 minutes to my gym, 2 hours to ok rock, and 4 hours to world class stone.

Ethan Clark · · Verona WI · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 260

I'm about 45 minutes from a gym. 10-20 minutes will get me to a few park/quarries and underdeveloped small areas outdoors, About an hour to govoner dodge or devils lake, each having hundreds of routes.
Everything I do is bouldering, so I don't spend as long getting gear ready.
Im also in Wisconsin, so mainly doing indoor for now

Pnelson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 205

My rule of thumb is that you must spend more hours on the rock or at the crag than you do in the car. So, 3 hrs. one-way is about the limit for a day trip, 6-7 hrs for a weekend trip, and so on.

Fortunately, I'm about five minutes from the crag.

sean burke · · Concord, Ca · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 75

10 bike to plastic, 30 bike to endless rock.

the schmuck · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110
brian n wrote: That makes me think that the grass is always greener on the other side.
It isn't that the grass is greener on the other side, it is that I don't find much adventure in going to the same places and hopping on the same routes. I find novelty, adventure and exploration intoxicating. Plus, after a week of the rat race, the last thing I want to do is hang around the city.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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